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
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: 176 | Hads: 506
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.61/5  rDev -4%
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. (478 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 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 B33R501
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

recommended. (503 characters)

Photo of PatDreadful
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
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! (1,096 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 57md
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Copper in appearance with little head and some lacing. This offering had a mildly floral nose. Sweet malt dominated the flavor up front and there was a decently bitter finish. The high alcohol makes this beer a borderline DIPA. Because of that, I expected a bit more flavor than was delivered. (293 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably the darkest IPA I've seen to date.
This beer is a very deep copper/amber in color. The head produced is about a finger in depth, tan in color and quite dense. Carbonation is pretty lite. Aroma is lite as in not very assertive as an AIPA normally is, but more along the lines of an EIPA. Malts are bold and upfront with caramel notes and hops are light and floral.
Taste is solid malts Hops have a herbal and floral taste but quite sutle and don't do a very good job of balancing out the malts. To me drinks more like an EIPA then an Americian.
The beer feels heavy on the palette and is smooth all way round. There is some soft alcohol warming at the finish. A good drinking beer. More of an EIPA to me. (712 characters)

Photo of CliffBrake
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright amber color with two fingers of rocky white foam, leaving curtains on the side of the glass.

Floral hops and caramel malt on the nose. Bready malt flavors balanced by earthy hops with a good bitter finish.

Good lingering carbonation. Medium, mouth-coating body.

A nice IPA. Tasty and refreshing. (306 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper color with a transparent pure white with a thinner head. The nose has a light malt presence, slightly toasted grain, oily hops with notes of pine and some tangy citric aromas. The flavor follows with some faint malts, very light grain notes and strong resign piney hops with some notes of citrus hops and a touch of bitterness. The body is medium with a soft texture and strong carbonation and dry finish. Very sessionable beer. (448 characters)

Photo of brewpig
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lucky enough to live a mile from pnxvlle sly fox and work less than a mile from victory brewery...

wasnt sure how fox's brews would measure ups to victory but since i acually live right off rt 113 and love ipa, had to give it a shot.

LOVE the cans...not alot of nose, some hops and caramel and a little citrus.

mouthfeel is good not great, not alot of carbonation.

taste is surprisingly good. grapefruit, orange, caramel and a good amount of hops. bitter finish.

this is a pretty standard ipa. i like it and will drink more definitely. even though pretty standard, it has its own personality and is highly sessionable. goes down easy - tasty! (647 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 GreenGoblinCC
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another solid beer in a Can from Sly Fox! Nice grapefruit taste and bitterness on the finish. Stopped in the Pub and had a pint after buying a six pack on vacation. Can or on Draft both were amazing. If your a hop head Sly fox Route 113 is for you, you will not be disappointed! (278 characters)

Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA is a clear dark amber with a residual white head.

Smells absolutely delightful and immediately indicates the complex hop character. Grapefruit citrus is strongest with malty sweetness coming through.

Sly Fox brings it with layers of flavor. Hops upon hops with citrus notes again in the taste. A solid malt backbone balances this beer. Aftertaste is a bit grassy, sweet and lingering.

Leaves the mouth with a coating of sticky hop resin. Perfectly carbonated.

Can't wait to try this again or try other Sly Fox brews. PA represent! (543 characters)

Photo of biggsbowler
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can - This is a pretty good IPA. Some nice caramel notes with a good amount of Cascade in the taste. Balance is nice, and the thing I like is that the hops are bitter, but not the same old IPA hops. The nose is a little weak. Also there was not a lot of retention in the head. (276 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dirty orange/mild cloudy body, finger head, fine lacing

S: pine, nuts, lemon grass, mild ripe fig/date

T: sweet malt, hint of date/fig, lemon grass,
earthy pine, long slow bitter finish

M: med body, mild slick/oily mouth

O: Very solid American IPA. Not my favorite,
but interesting and would recommend.
My 1st Sly Fox offering, curious about their
other beers.

SOLID, NOT A MUST HAVE! (395 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 aficionado
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Written on can: "This complex beer is brewed with a variety of British, German and Pacific Northwest hops. Every sip will remind you just why you fell in love with craft beer in the first place. OG 16.4 Plato, 113 IBUs, Alc. 7% by Vol."

I was hesitant at first, but this is actually one of the best malty IPAs I've ever had. The sweetness is there, but it's nothing overboard and certainly not as extreme as DFH Squall. Very pithy bitter and yet very smooth and malty at the same time. Think Smuttynose Finest Kind but a lot darker and smoother with a ton more malt presence. It is translucent, approx. 12-13 SRM with hints of red in an otherwise chestnut brown body. Lots of sticky lacing and a 1-inch off white/cream head. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Aroma is not too swell. I would love a citrus and/or tropical fruit blast here, but I'm just not getting it. The smell of the grain obstructs the hops for sure despite having a pretty on point malty IPA flavor. If Sly Fox lessened the bittering addition and added a great deal of late additions and dryhops then this would be a well known World Class East Coast IPA. (1,122 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 SickGnar
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly ambery, reddish burnished copper. Quite clear with just a few rising bubbles. 2 + fingers of light-tan head (actually more golden tinged off-white). Good retention with alright, but splotchy lace.

S: Rather clean actually. Some caramel & bready malts. Citrus hops, but none too powerful for the style. Maybe an old bomber? Right notes, but rather weak.

T: Much improved from the nose. Hops are mostly citrusy without too much rind. Pine and resin come in close second with a little bit of an earthy and herbal edge. Malts are predominantly caramel and toasty bread, but also with some hints of toffee and even darker roast grain.

M: Barely a hair over medium body with carbonation to match. Nice mouthfeel, almost smooth overall. Some tack from sugars – check. Dextrins to chew – check. Ultimately drying from hops – check. Some sneaking warmth.

D: Noticeably hefty, but with a nice balance and roundness for the style. Nose is a weak point, but the rest is quite nice. (992 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 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 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 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 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)

Route 113 I.P.A. from Sly Fox Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.