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

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

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Ratings: 431
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 15
Gots: 35 | 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 DIM
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: This coppery offering was served to me with a thin whisp of head and a slight chill haze.

s: Floral, piny hop aromas puntuated by some fairly strong caramel aromas. A little too much on the sweet side.

t: This is a very balanced IPA. Brown sugar and caramel up front with a piny, slightly spicy finish. Not astringent, but a bit too sweet.

m: Slick body with ample, creamy carbonation.

d: Not bad, but not my favorite IPA.

DIM, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of Yetiman420
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed a five beer sampler of 4 oz, Michelin Man style glasses, beers. This was the second beer sampled.

Golder copper in color. Creamy head with full lacing and inconsistent pockets.

Pleasant, full hop aroma (cascade, centennial, chinook and surprisingly east kent golden - a noble among pac NW hops).

Bold, spicy flavor - per description.

An enjoyable session IPA.

Yetiman420, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of rawhydes1
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber.

medium amber color, with HUGE, thick, creamy head.

My olfactory bulb is telling me that it's a Schmidt's 12oz grenade-bottle.... reminds me of fetching my dad a beer when I was a kid.

Hoppy, citrus, pine flavorings, with nice bite in the aftertaste.

This is NOT an "extreme" hop-fest, but rather nicely balaced and pleasing.

VERY DRINKABLE, tasty, yet mellow IPA. Very nice beer to stick with throughout an entire evening.

rawhydes1, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of dacrza1
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown-orange body with soft effervescence... thick, rocky off-white head that fills a snifter nicely with tremendous lacing... hops to the point of spruce car air freshner, except for the vanilla wafting--and a strange perfumy scent that might not appeal... smooth, slightly carbonated with an active early flourish and a soft finish--little aftertaste--BIG and crunchy when chewed... as HEAVY an IPA taste as I have had in recent memory--arresting and vivacious citric fruit rush --at times a bit thick... my goodbye 2008 beer is another gift from Ryan for another fantasy baseball beatdown...SlyFox is capable of good stuff, and the beer is solid, but possibly one of those that, as the bottle claims, "belches more hops" when it might ease up to not suck the Christmas tree dry of its spruce.... a highway of hops indeed...

dacrza1, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 10/18/08. Growler. Pours a clear amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of floral hops and light pale malts with a twinge of citrusy hops in the background. Flavor of pale malts, flowery hops and a bitter hops finish. Some citrusy hops come out as the beer warms. A nice IPA with a bitter, astringent finish. Yum!
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of Vendetta
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Vendetta, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of Hophead101
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drank on 12.11.08 at SlyFox.

pours nice clear golden copper color. good head but even better lacing. smell is nothing exciting, malty hoppy smell, but nothing to write home about.

taste is good n' hoppy. nice taste. crisp with a big hoppy aftertaste with a good bit of carbonation. nice beer.

Hophead101, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap in their brewery in phoenixville.

A: Poured a light-medium copper with orange hues with a slight, fluffy white head that quickly dissipated after the pour. Lively vibrante carbonation streams upwards.

S: The nose was strong and hoppy with scents of pine and grapefruit grinds.

T: The initial flavor yielded dominant citrus hops and grapefruit against a light pale grain backing. Some sweet citrus, oranges and spicy hops (EKG?) gives this a zesty spicing before finishing with a nice floral bitterness and bite.

M: light-medium, semi-dry with a good hoppiness resting on the tongue.

D: Very good drinkability and sure to satisfy. This would be no problem ordering seconds or thirds.

beerthulhu, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of AltBock
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber bottle with a small glossy cigar band label of a Route 113 street sign in front of an exploding star. To the far left of the label is the mandatory US information and to the far right is the address of the brewery and a paragraph on how this beer came to be. It basically says that somebody asked on why they can't make a beer that's as big as Route 113 that runs by the brewery. This big Sly Fox bottle didn't come with any stamped best before anywhere on the bottle.

Appearance: I just had to pour this Sly Fox beer into my Sly Fox imperial pint glass. There was no other choice. "113" poured the usual hazy golden tangerine orange color that comes from an IPA. it had the same color as most IPAs, but this one had a creamy white 1 3/4 inch head of foam. This tall head of foam had great retention that left behind a small creamy white film and a few tiny streaks of white lace around the glass. It it wasn't for the head of foam, it would have been just another a standard IPA appearance.

Smell: I know that it's not a Double IPA and that it's just a regular IPA, but I still thought the aroma coming from this beer was too mild. There was nothing wrong with it, but it was still too mild for this style of beer. There was some pine, grapefruit, and citrus hops in here with a subtle toasted malt backbone, but all the citrus aromas were lacking the punch needed for a regular IPA. Even when it was swirled around, the aroma was still lacking in the citrus aroma department. It was plain and simple average!

Taste: The lacking kick from the aroma was easily found in the taste. This regular IPA hop kick featured dried slices of grapefruit, a hint of pine needles, a splash of lemon peel, and plenty of dry and bitter citrus hops. Then all of these citrus flavors were backed up by a subtle toasted caramel malt backbone. Now this is more like it! This was the kind of taste I was expecting to find in this beer.

Mouthfeel: This IPA was medium bodied with a medium sized amount of carbonation and a full time bitter aftertaste of bitter citrus hops, bitter and tart grapefruit, and a hint of pine needles. This aftertaste was so bitter that I could still taste the beer after I drank the beer 6 minutes ago.

Drinkability: It was a standard looking IPA that light in aroma, but where it mattered, this beer came through. I honestly thought that this beer was going to be an average IPA and really nothing all that special. I was wrong about that. For the price and for the beer itself, it's a great IPA.

AltBock, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of Vancer
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer sent courtesy of the great one brentk56 via another nice trade, thanks again!

Pours a clear bee honey amber into the Corsendonk tulip, ivory head tossing a nice lace ring around the rosey. Bit light on the head, for a 7% brew.

Citrus orange aroma, stinging pine needles in the quaff. A touch of woody resin pops into the finish. A solid brew, not outstanding, but an enjoyable IPA for the cool fall weather and watching football.

Vancer, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of garymuchow
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazingly tight aroma for style. The malt was actually the first thing I noticed with a sweet and caramel quality, followed by a toast/biscuit note. The hops are incredibly subdued.
Pours with a nice dense beige head that takes it's own sweet time to settle. Very attractive amber of orange/gold and just a bit of garnet in duller light.
Ah yes, there are the hops. Nicely balanced drink with hops up front and on the finish with malt interjecting are various times showing sweet and toast flavors. The drink ends with a strong mixture of bitterness and dryness. The lingering bitterness at times borders on the not tasting so good, but mostly keeps away from that.
The feel is perfectly moderate. It's light enough to be smooth and readily drinkable. This goes down nicely, unless the bitterness gets too sharp.
Good solid likable IPA.
Many thanks to Scott for this sample.

garymuchow, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of Packforever1976
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this from mikereaser in Growling at the Moon '08. Thanks man, I'm really liking all these east-coast IPA's!
Pours a very dark amber into my Surlyfest Stein. Initial pour has about a half inch off-white head. Head retention is decent. Has good lacing.
Smells like an IPA with 113 IBUs should....hoppy. I get some citrus hops, and also a good bit of malt in the smell. Not too overpowering for such a high IBU brew.
In the taste I get some sweet malty flavor, which leads to the hop bitterness in the back. The bitterness does linger quite awhile. The hops aren't too hard to handle here, but it just seems like there is something missing here. It goes from malty to hoppy, without much inbetween or after.
Mouthfeel is ok. It coats the mouth nicely, and goes down good. It's not bad, and it's not great.
Drinkability is average. It had good flavor, but if it had that one missing thing in the flavor, drinkability would be higher. Overall, a good solid IPA, my first brew from Sly Fox. I wouldn't mind trying this one again sometime, or their other offerings.

Packforever1976, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

John_M, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of LunaChick
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle compliments of the Beer Lass. Pours rich copper,slight head that laces well. Very little carbonation. Aroma is mostly malt--very sweet and caramel thick malt. Slight hop citrus in the back but minimal. Flavor starts malt, biscuit, gives way to mouth coating lingeringly bitter pine and citrus hops. 30 minutes later it was still in my mouth. A definately interesting interpertation as I would expect the strength of the hop flavor to smell as strong. On the heavy end of light but not quite medium bodied, with a decent flavor that is slightly wattery for my taste, but overall not bad. The lingering bitterness, at least for me, detracts from drinkability of more than 1 at a time. Still something I would drink again.

LunaChick, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Niko's in Lebanon, PA on 6/12/08.

A - Burnt copper/orange body with very minimal cascading carbonation and one-finger of bubbly white head that receded but left a thick coating of lace.

S - Some citrus and pine hop notes with a little bit of caramel malt sweetness. The citrus became more apparent as the liquid warmed up a bit. Slight tinge of alcohol emerged as well. Overall, a pretty muted aroma for an IPA.

T - Initial sweet flavor with a blend of citrus, piney and earthy hops and some peppery spiciness.

M - Really thin mouthfeel. Kind of disappointed, actually. Decently smooth, but quite watery and lacking body. Very soft carbonation. Moderately bitter finish that lingers for a while on the palate.

D - I remember liking this more in the past, but perhaps I hadn't sampled too many IPAs at that point. While it did get a bit more tasty as it warmed up, it's a pretty middle-of-the-road IPA. The mouthfeel really detracted from my overall enjoyment here. Perhaps the keg had been on a bit too long.

ffejherb, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of Kadonny
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Kadonny, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

WesWes, May 31, 2008
Photo of treehugger02010
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased this single 1 pint 6 ounce bottle at Capone's Restaurant in Norristown, Pa and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: It poured an amber gold transparent body with a huge dark egg shell head having great retention and super lacing.
Smell: Citrusy hops, no noticeable malt characteristics.
Taste: Very bitter, a hop head's dream. Citrus hops and again no noticeable malt.
Mouthfeel: Crisp.
Drinkability: If you want hops, very high, if you don't want hops, very low.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, May 22, 2008
Photo of YesFest
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz Bottle, poured into a tall Pilsner glass, big mistake considering the mountain of unmoving head that I had to contend with. Appearance is outstanding, pours a light brown orange-peel cloudiness. Thick blotchy lacing that will probably last through the first dishwasher cycle.

Smells great! Citrus/floral, one of the closest IPA's in aromatic robustness to DogFish 90 that I've tried in a while.

Tastes like a grapefruit bouquet. Hoppy and wet. Surprised there's even liquid somewhere below this head, but it's juicy! I gotta say, this is refreshing... The main reason I say it tastes like grapefruit juice is because bitterness and sheer refreshment are battling it out for noticeability.

Mouthfeel is so close to ideal, erring on the thin side. An almost perfect amount of carbonation, erring ever so minutely on the flat side. Good finish. Crisp.

I don't know if I'd want to drink another 22 oz bottle right after this one... but I could see enjoying a few pints of this in a given night.

YesFest, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of mvanaskie13
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on a beer run to Monster Beverage in Glassborg, NJ.

Pours from the bottle a pale orange, nearly a caramel color. Very thick head, that dissipates very slowly and clings heavily to the glass.

Smell is a malt start with citrusy hop finish. Not as strong as I anticipated.

Taste is malt at first, with a citrusy hops follow up and bitter finish. Not an overpowering aftertaste. I like the strong malt notes and citrus hops combination.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, considering the bitterness. Lightly carbonated and pretty smooth finish.

Very drinkable, I could put back a few so I am glad I picked this up in the 22oz bottle.

mvanaskie13, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of djeffbee
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber out of a case from the Beer Yard.

Poured into a special edition Sam Adams etched glass.

A- Deep amber with orange hues. One finger head, not much lacing.

S- Malt first, then a slight citrus hop aroma. Was expecting a bit more hop aroma, but still nice.

T- Upfront hops, nice malt balance, great finish.

M- Bitter (good), tingles on the tongue with no sign of alcohol.

D- Very easy to drink, perfect carbonation. Could drink this one all night...

Another SlyFox flagship masterpiece...

djeffbee, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

akorsak, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of caminiti
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- poured into a 12 oz. class, not much head, orange, a bit hazy.
S- Hops, and a hint of fruit following.
T- Smooth, a bit of citrus following the hops, but very smooth.
M-More carbonated than the typical IPA, good beer for the price.
Not as much head as expected from the carbonation

caminiti, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of Biscuit033
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured copper with a good amount of head that was retained a good bit.

S: You are hit with the hoppiness immediately. Pine, grass, some citrus, and metal.

T: Wonderful example of a hopped up beer. You can taste the hop nuances: pine, citrus and some sweet flower on the tongue. I feel that for as bitter as it is the malt holds up and make this taste good and not just be an OK over-hopped beer.

M: There is an obvious bitter pucker but that fades to leave a tasty sticky resin on you tongue. I think tha tthe carbination is right on with this one.

D: Even though it has a high IBU, this beer is fine to drink by itself but is good with fatty steaks as well.

Biscuit033, Oct 28, 2007
Route 113 I.P.A. from Sly Fox Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.