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

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Ratings: 468
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 14
Gots: 46 | 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:
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 Sam21
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of InebriatedJoker
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big props to "Woody" Chandler for the CAN !

Poured from CaN into my Duvel tulip,
Poured Cloudy orange with three finger head that dissipated into a thick lacing,decent carbonation.

Smell - Slight pine notes with citrus -

Taste - The Hops jumped out of the tulip and kicked me in the teeth,the citrus was evident as was slight pine notes - It had a creamyness to it that let the slight malt hints sneek through and somehow balance this Ipa into a drinkable decent beer

Drinkability - An Ipa in a CaN, hahaha - who would have thought it would be a decent brew - I was Surprised how much I ended up liking this -Thanks again "Woody" Cheers !

Photo of letsgopens
2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to woodychandler for the CAN!

Pours a very nice, dark amber. There's a bit of haze to it too. Head was a nice frothy beige color, good retention, and great web-like lacing.

Big citrus notes hit you first, followed by some pleasant floral notes, and a fair amount of sweet caramel malts in the back

Them IBU's were kicking for sure! Bitterness abounds. Loads of citrus too, and a a good solid sweet malt backbone keeps everything well in balance!

Feel is nice and creamy, slick, crisp and smooth.

Very easy to drink, very tasty, very well-rounded. I'd welcome this anytime!

Photo of philmorepunk87
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark amber color with a nice two finger head

S- has a maltier smell, with a slight tinge of citrus from the hops

T- refreshing, goes down more like a pale ale. Definitely a maltier IPA the malt delivers a greater presence.

M- thin consistency, kinda drinks like water

D- pretty good this would be excellent in the summer for a thirst quencher, very refreshing

Photo of sdmrtn
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
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

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean orange-ish copper color with a light tan head. In the aroma, pine like hops and a small sweetness to the malt. In the taste, pine hops, with mango like hints, however a bit watery. A smooth and light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, small pine like hop in the aftertaste. A bit watery, almost big pale, but a nice east coast IPA in a can.

Photo of steveh
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Photo of xnicknj
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into pint glass

A - Somewhat hazy auburn brown with a thick, creamy head which slowly leaves layers of lacing around the glass.

S - Caramel malts and faint hops.

T - Somewhat sweet with almost dark malt base before the true hop profile bursts through. Grainy malts mix in with juicy, bitter hops which surround the soft center. Finishes with lingering dryness and a hoppy punch.

M - Somewhat bubbly, medium bodied, slightly chewy and dry.

D - As smooth as possible, but sticky dryness doesn't seem to relent.

Another solid beer from Slyfox, but nothing spectacular.

Photo of DJED69
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a few canned IPAs recently and the Rt. 113 was among them. My overall impression was positive. The beer has a typical amber-orange appearance, retaining a small head to the end. The nose is mild, offering some pine and citrus notes. Taste is middle of the road. Leans a bit malty. Nothing really stands out---a sign of balance or boredom? Finish is nice and dry. So, from my view, this isn't a bad beer by any means. It's a solid, middle of the road IPA. Not sure I would jump on a six pack, but the occasional single is definitely an option.

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got a bomber of Rt 113 IPA for $5.19 at the Wegmans in Cicero NY. I've heard/read good things about Sly Fox, so high hopes for this as my first brew from them. Served cold in a chilled tulip.

This mostly clear orangey copper brew gives an inch of dense creamy foam. Smell is subtle but tasty... semi-sweet sugar, faint mixed citrus and pine hops, maybe some tropical notes. Feel is fairly thin with a bit of sticky resin and soft creamy carbonation. Taste is a good inky bite of lemon rind and pine hops, minimal malt body, a really mild melon or mango. Overall it's pretty one-dimensional, focused on the hop without much backing it up. Not necessarily bad, but could be a whole lot better. Hey, it has great lace!

Photo of sholland119
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
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.


Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of ujsplace
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

This brew pours a nice, rich, deep copper color with a puffy off-white head that leaves plenty of sticky lace.

Smells of piney, herbal and mild citrus hops with a hint of malt sweetness and spice.

Good, complex hop flavors. Starts with herbal-resin like hop flavor with some mild, sweet malt in the middle and a citrus hopped finish. Strikes a great balance of hops here - not too heavy handed, but very tasty.

Medium/light in the mouth, refreshing.

A great local IPA. I could drink this all summer and then some.

Photo of mentor
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger straw-colored head over a cloudy oranged-light brown head. Smells oranges, grapefruit pith, red sweet-tart, green hops, strawberry.

Tastes dark earthy hop flavor, noticeable clean hop bitter, and with strong sweet stepping in. Hop flavor is woody dry, oranges, orange pith, pine, and baby aspirin. Some apricot esters. Malt sweet is mostly non-descript, but with some rye in the finish. Clean alcohol flavor and a nip of clean alcohol burn at the end. Md thick body with strong carbonation.

Photo of magine
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic glass.

Brew is copper/amber in color, has a white fluffy head that fades to a lace island. Lace settles to a lace head. Good lace, Good looking brew.

This brew smells of various hops; citrus, slightly piney, has some malty notes as well. Has a grain smell as well. Smells nice.

Brew is crisp and slightly bitter. Can taste the hops for sure. Finishes slightly dry, a nice hop bite and some bitterness as well. Has some grainy, bready malts as well. Fruits, earthy hops. Very nice blend. Nice taste.

This brew is very drinkable; very tasty, very good lace. So far the best I have had from Sly Fox. Very good stuff.

Photo of Kendo
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the can into a pint glass. Body is coppery-amber with a small (half-finger) whitish head that settles to a film and leaves good rings of lace.

S: Caramel malt is surprisingly there, given the advertised 113 IBUs. Also a bit of a sweet citrusy hop aroma.

T: First impression, albeit a brief one, is of the caramel malt. Second impression and every one after that: hops. Bitter, grapefruit rind mixed with concentrated pine needles. Hint of pine resin and some concentrated lemon juice. Bitterness coats the palate and goes nowhere, causing a mouth-watering, Pavlovian response for more. Wow that bitterness lingers, becomes minerally at times. Brown sugar noted in burps.

M: Call it medium bodied. Slight creaminess to it.

D: That bitterness is a bit much at times but I like hops, so it goes down fairly well.

Photo of drtth
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is rich clear copper color with a ½" off white head that leaves a nice pattern of lacing as it recedes. Soon however there is just a ring of foam, some patches clinging to the sides of the glass and an irregularly shaped flat island of foam. Sipping leaves some scattered leggy lacing as well. Some speckled and leggy lacing persists to the end of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is citric hops, mostly grapefruit with a touch of orange, backed up by some caramel from the malt.

Taste: The flavor is dominated by the grapefruit rind, some orange zest, a bit of earthiness, all supported by the caramel from the malt. The sweetness remains more of a promise than a reality and it seems the major role here is to smooth out any rough tongue rasping from the hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with adequate carbonation. The finish is medium to long with some sweetness up front that fades quickly to leave a bitter after taste on the back of the tongue and the back of the roof of the mouth. This ends in citrus rind bitterness with dryness to invite another sip.

Drinkability: This is a good enough IPA to have again. I've already had it several times and expect to do so again. But that being said its not one I'd choose in preference to several others that are also readily available locally.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of ejimhof
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
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

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass

A dark amber body with a fluffy, thick two finger off-white head. Sticky chunks of lace leave their mark as the head falls to a thin cap.

Citrus and pine needles with sticky caramel malt. Lightly sweet with a decent bitterness. Pretty well-balanced.

Pine needles up front with sweet, sticky caramel throughout and a pine and citrus bitter kick in the finish. Balanced up front and in the middle with a good amount of earthy bitterness in the end.

Smooth with low carbonation and a sticky, chewy body. The finish is the best thing about this beer. A good punch of bitterness.

The 7% is barely noticeable, the hops come in nicely in the end, this is enjoyable.

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of lovindahops
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
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

Photo of Phillyphilms
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice orangey amber color with a good initial head, that fades quickly but keeps small ring. NIce l
aces on the glass too.

S: Not a ton of hops but the bitter bite can be smelled. IN fact there is more grassy and yeast on the nose than hops.

T: Not a HOP heavy IPA which is an oxymoron but true. It is balanced differently than a stereotypical IPA and maybe that is the different blend of hops or perhaps mixture of different regional IPA's? At 7% ABV It has a good bite, bigger than I would have guess but the lesser hop punch allows that to come through along with much more malt.

M- Smooth, malty and dry on the end.

D: Good IPA, not a Cali IPA but this is from Pennsylvania so why should it be. Another very soundly crafted beer from Sly Fox and certainly a nice tweak on the standard IPA characteristics

Photo of indiapaleale
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour - a lot darker than I expected. Very dark amber, almost like a brown ale in appearance at first glance. I guess you do need some malt to balance out all those hops! Nice, thick, fluffy head on top. This is looking good so far.

Aroma - sweet lemon and/or orange peel, a bit of pineapple, some grassy notes, toasted bread and some floral aromas. No overly west coast in aroma but this definitely is hop assertive.

Taste - brash but not harsh. This IPA has some legs but its not one-sided and the hop profile is well done. Its an interesting mix of Pacific Northwest, Northern European and British hops so they must have dialed this up precisely. The cascade definitely gives off a lot of the familiar IPA flavors with the others adding a nice bitterness or sharpness to this brew. Plenty of malt backs this up but your tongue knows the hops were in charge.

Overall - this almost came across as a strong, extra-hopped English-style IPA to me. It had the strength of an American IPA and the assertiveness with the hopping but the flavors were a lot more consistent with some English style IPAs that I've had. I liked this a lot and am glad I have some more in the fridge. This is however not a similar brew to say...Ska's Modus Hoperandi or Central City's Red Racer IPA.

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely, I'd love to have a cooler full of these and just chill in my yard and play some horseshoes with some hophead friends.

Note - Sly Fox just recently announced that they'll be canning their Oktoberfest this year which will bring their canned total to six great beers. Nice!

Route 113 I.P.A. from Sly Fox Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 468 ratings.