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

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177 Reviews
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Reviews: 177
Hads: 511
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 19
Gots: 71 | 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 brentk56
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy burnt orange color with a prodigious head that leaves copious lacing

Smell: Caramel malt background is overwhelmed by a fruity sweet citrus hop aroma

Taste: Starts out by laying down a caramel malt backbone and the hops start to kick in almost immediately; after the swallow, the bitter, pithy grapefruit hops flavors blast the tastebuds but there is also an earthy hop flavor from the English hops

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The pithiness is a bit strong on the finish, but otherwise very enjoyable

Thanks, hoppedup, for the opportunity (617 characters)

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 BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (1,708 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (courtesy of Adrian910ss): Poured a medium orangey color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention (better then average for the style). Aroma of green citrusy hops is quite powerful and is dominating. Taste is also dominated by citrusy hops with some light caramel malt also noticeable. Boy is slightly above average with some good carbonation. I didn’t notice the presence of the English hops thought. (416 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cloudy amber with a frothy white/creamy head and some decent lacing. Smell was a citrus hops, mixed with a malty caramel thta makes this smell quite balanced. Taste was definatly hoppy, and again had that bit of caramel, and some spiceness about it. Very nice dry finish and not overpowering on the hops. This is a good session beer and will definatly have more (361 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was definantly hopped to the tilt,but the great thing about it was that it had big enough malt backbone to support all the hops.Real nice deep copper color with a sticky head,hop aroma is evident up front for sure but there is a malty sweet tinge in there as well,a real mans beer I believe 8%abv,an awesome brew even for a non-nophead like me. (354 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Sly Fox, thanks to Noslenwerd.

A: A fluffy 1 finger head rises up to a fluffy fizzy head that disappears slowly over a mostly clear very reddish, slightly orange and apple colored beer with a slight glow to it.

N: Starts with fruit actually, a little apple and juicy fruits, a slight juicy and fruity hop aroma also comes through with a little floral touch. A slight sweet malt also comes through.

T: Again starts with fruit flavors, more apple, pear, juicy fruits... it has a very Belgian like flavor, with Belgian malts, I think yeast too, and the fruits that tend to come from a nice Belgian beer. It also has some hops, that give it quite a bitterness. It's pretty bitter, with lots of spicy hops, some floral and earthy flavors, juicy hops, etc. A decent sweetness with some malty flavors too. Not as much actual hop flavor as I expected, but a decent bitterness.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation.

F: Finishes with a slight astringent bitterness. Very bitter too. Not a whole lot of hop flavors, but lots of spicy hop bitterness and touch of earthy flavors. Very dry too. The bitterness is just overpowering and takes over way too much along with the dryness. (1,184 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from Aprilluvsbeer courtesy of Birthday Club 2, so a big Thank You goes out to her.

A: The beer is a bright orange color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, hops and citrus.

T: The taste starts out malty, with lightly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a good hops bitterness comes in and takes over. There's a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty goes down easily, not to filling, good kick, good representation of style, not quite the best IPA that I've had but it's pretty decent. (704 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 RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (308 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 smcolw
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good initial head. As it recedes, it leaves a great deal of chunky ring lace. The broth is clear with a solid amber color

Rich caramel/bitter hop aroma. Nicely balanced. The caramel holds off the bitterness.

The flavor is far more bitter than the smell implies. The bitter aftertaste lasts a very long time. This is a true highly bitter IPA. Hop heads may rejoice, but expect no balance from this beer except for the body/carbonation which is as one should expect. (466 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (1,285 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 ShanePB
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had the Route 113 almost every way Sly Fox packages it up: can, bottle and draft. This review, is based on the bottled version (22 ounce), split by Nick last night. I believe these may be approaching around 2-3 months or so.

A: Clear copper body with a seriously foamy and rocky off-white head. Some floating sediment is in the glass, something I never noticed before poured from the can or on-tap. Is the bottle version bottle conditioned? I'm not sure, either way it detracts from the appearance a bit.

S: Piney and resiny hop notes come through big, leading you into what is no doubt going to be a bitter IPA. Grassy and floral elements stand on their own, with a subtle caramel malt based backbone to the aroma.

T: Big earthy and grassy hop flavors coat the palate but are balanced by a rather substantial malt base, evident more so in the taste than the aroma. Sweet caramel and some just downright bitterness lingers into the finish, leaving a dry and sticky taste on the palate.

M: Medium-bodied, good carbonation, dry and sticky in the finish. Nothing too out of the ordinary and nothing holding back the mouth feel - good.

The Route 113 IPA seems to be standard fair among the massive amounts of IPAs on the market. If you're looking for a more earthy and grass-forward bitter IPA, this is the one for you. I wish the malt would have balanced out the harsh bitter notes of this beer a bit more, as it seems very one dimensional. (1,447 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid malt scent that boasts of pale and Carapils malts along with a noble hop aroma. The taste is decent. It has a smooth pale and bisquit malt flavor that goes down real easy and finishes with a mild hop bitterness. It has a dry, grassy hop feel. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking IPA, but it's not on the level of some. All in all, not bad. (536 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is orange and pine hops with a caramel malt backbone. The flavor is more orange and pine hops. Medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (261 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 Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled March 2007
Pours with a touch of haze and with a red-stained copper color. Excessively carbonated, though not quite a gusher, it produces a five-finger thick frothy, amber tinged tan colored head that is propped up by bad rivulets of bubbles streaming from the bottom of my tulip. AS the head recedes, it never quite disappears, and leaves a nice, layered lacing pattern on the sides of my glass. Fruity hop notes intermingle with a touch of grassy / herbal character; I smell notes of grapefruit, orange peel, tangelo, ripe berries, and a touch of pine and / or even onion. Towards the end a nice, dry, grain character starts to come through: toasty malt notes, and fresh made biscuits are definitely noticeable. There is also a touch of phenolic character here; it is something like plastic, though not quite.

Lightly sweet flavors up front, and it is definitely well carbonated as it foams up as it hits my tongue. It is a bit too cold right now, which seems to accentuate a biting bitterness that lingers on after the beer has left my mouth. Hallelujah, there is no diacetyl here, perhaps there is enough hops in this to fend off unwanted wee-beasties. Sharply herbal at times with an almost green pine note. There are also lots of hop driven citrus notes here, but they don't necessarily run the show; notes of grapefruit, tangelo, orange peel, and bergamot are all quite evident especially towards the end of a sip.

This is not a bad beer, certainly the best I have had from Sly Fox so far, but it is not quite a great IPA. It can be a little harsh at times with both an astringent hop character and some notes of hot alcohol, plus there is that touch of phenolic character that the hops just can't quite hide. (1,731 characters)

Photo of ejimhof
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a clear dark amber color darker than most IPA's

S- nice floral smell of hops and barley

T- sweet and bitter mix like an IPA should taste

M- very pleasant mouthfeel to this beer

D- this is a good ipa that you can easily drink more than one of in a session (267 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured ontap into a pint glass. A murky orange in color with a light soapy head and some lacing. For the style this beer is certainly dark.

Flavors of citrus rind, biscuity malt and a moderate level of bitterness. Medium bodied mouthfeel.

Drinkable and went great with wings and salsa. Would certainly drink this one again. Nice to see more Sly Fox offerings around Pittsburgh. (380 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled due to BIGsBIF and the kindness of BeerBeing.

22 oz Bottle.

Very aggressive head formation. Pour this one carefully. This is a cloudy orange colored ale with a strong tan head.

Smell is sweet and spicy with a large amount of caramel. Lots of hop scent mostly orange and pine with a little pineapple.

Taste is sweet and sharply bitter at the beginning with strong astringent characteristics. Caramel taste manages to stay strong against the hop strength. This is a powerful IPA and it isn't easy to pick out the subtle flavors but I do manage to do it. Fairly strong lemon flavor to the hops along with pineapple. Woody and astringent this IPA lacks balance.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is just so so here. Extremely strong hop level here, double IPA strong in fact, probably the most hopped IPA I have tasted. This is at least as strong hop wise as Stone Ruination. I like hops too but this is really too much. (940 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewpub in Phoenixville the other day.

The beer pours light copper color with fair head retention and lacing. I get a fair amount of hoppy bitterness on the nose, which seems somewhat dry. Seems like there's more of black pepper spice flavor then any real citrus aroma. The flavors seem to replicate the nose, and intially I really do wish there was a bit more fruity citrus. However, the beer grows on me as I drink my glass, and ultimately I found myself enjoying it. Abv. is fairly well disguised, though I'm not sure I could drink more then a glass or two of this beer.

A nice enough IPA. I wasn't thrilled by it, but it was still enjoyable. (665 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky dark copper hue with a two and a half finger pillowy white head. There was excellent retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a strong oily citrus hop aroma. Grapefruit and white pepper dominated.

The taste was upfront grapefruity hop resin with a secondary pale malt. The beer finished with a strong peppery aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was full and spicy with a mild warming alcohol.

Overall a very good AIPA. Solid ABV and excellent hop profile. (479 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tumbler glass served at the 3rd and Spruce Cafe in West Reading, PA.

A: The IPA is a brilliant amber color with a 1 finger head that fails to retain in the tumbler.

S: The nose is piquantly hoppy, zesty with some citrus and pine notes. As the ale breathes and warms, that hoppy strength continues to increase.

T: The IPA is a well-balanced drink, showing off a strong malty body with caramel and cereal flavors. The hops are resiny with citrus and pine elements, both of which are concentrated and pleasantly bitter. The finish follows the hops, leaving a lasting bitterness in the mouth.

M: The focus on hops becomes much more evident as the ale warms. Overall, the flavor is strong with enough of a focus on the hops to keep me happy.

D: The ale is quite drinkable, so much so that I went through three pints at 3rd and Spruce. (836 characters)

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