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

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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 14
Gots: 34 | 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 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 15, 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
Photo of sid6581
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into Stella glass

Gushed when I opened the bottle but settled down after I started pouring. Very nice head with a fine lace left behind.

I smell caramel. Hops are not very strong in the aroma.

Very well-balanced and easy drinking. I could see this as a session beer at my local watering hole. Not sure I'd buy it again in a bottle though. Nothing remarkable or ground breaking here.

sid6581, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of Stimack
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was able to give this a try when I visited the SlyFox brewpub in Royersford. Actually got this brew in the smaller offering but t had a nice look to it. Had a nice copper color to it with a medium sized just off white head that had some retention but left minimal lacing. I mostly picked up the hops scent which seemed to five it a heavy grapefruit scent which would be expected as the write up on the menu said that Centennial and Cascade hops where used. Was also able to pick up a sweet scent as well, a little hard to pick out but it is there. The flavors are what you would expect from a large hoppy beer. The hop flavor hits you in the face but that is really what I am picking up the most of. I was hoping for a break so more of a malt like flavor would shine through and really complement this brew. Overall this is a fair/good brew, I guess I am getting tired of the overdone hop brews and feel that they really are starting to lack individual character. I would get this brew again when in the mood for a big hoppy brew but think my tastes more inline with other offering lately. Feel that this brewpub has some other offering that for me are better but that is just my opnion.

Stimack, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of macster
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a copper-bronze color creating a 1" beige head. Admirable head retention throughout the glass with spider-web lacing.

Aroma is a pleasant blend of citrus, pine needles, pineapple, toffee, caramel and a touch of freshly cut hay.

Mouthfeel was a bit light and a tad too fizzy. Less CO2 and a bit more body would have made it nice.

Flavor profile seems well balanced starting off with a sweet caramel covered citrus fruit presence followed by a moderate blast of grapefruit/lemon rind and pine resin hoppy bitterness in the finish.

A easy goin’ sessionable IPA with a nice balance

macster, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Slatetank, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22 oz. bomber from my local store....

Poured into a standard pint glass...

A- Burnt orange color- glowing amber hues. Fluffy, hilly head on this one- lots of carbonation as well.

S- Smelled of green hops- nothing more. Maybe a hint of fruit.

T- Mmm. Hops were mostly upfront but were prevalent throughout. Tasted a little maltiness and some fruit. It had a metallic aftertaste as well.

M- Slick and oily.

D- I could drink this all night. An IPA that is a little different from the usual suspects- but damn good and tasty.

Good stuff. Love my IPA's

DavidSeanNJ, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of boelker62
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on a hazy Memorial Day afternoon...
Appeared - with a firm, frothy, hite, 1" head and mostly diminsihing lacing through the draft. Nice, clean, clear amber to orange body.

Smelled - as most Sly Fox IPA's do, very lightly. Being an addition of a few varietal hops, this does give off a light hoppy nose, with a backbone of light resin. Oddly, you can pull just a little of yeastiness out of it, maybe even a bit of cardboard or paper.

Tastes - as all of the aromas, with a bit more. This is where some of the light citrus punches cmes through, but the combination of hops smoothes out any one distinguishing factor here. A soild IPA, and just as good in bottles than on tap, unless you get a Firkin Friday offering, then we are talkng about serious changes.

Mouthfeel - somewhere etween the usual, expected average watery blend to approaching the oiliness of an Odyssey Imperial IPA.

Drinkability - these combinations of hops and feels, with an average ABV for the style, make this a backbone of the Sly Fox arsenal. You can spend a long time with this berew. Lord knows I have.


boelker62, May 29, 2007
Photo of jackorain
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at TDR springhouse.
I have heard good things so I was looking forward to this one.

A-The look og the beer did not dissapoint expectation. Clear copper color, nice 1/2 head that dwindled quite quickly to a thin coat. The thin coat left a nice lacing down the glass to the bottom.

S-Smell on the other had, there just wasn't much there. Fruity notes in amlt sense. I got no hops in the aroma

T-Bitter green hops do come out right in the begining. The odd fruity and southern comfort maltiness pushes back the hops somewhat only to have them eeemerge in the finish

M-Nice carbonation and quite creamy meduin body

D-Unfortuantely I was alittle disappointed and had to switch

jackorain, May 20, 2007
Photo of micahgoldfus
4.18/5  rDev +13%
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!

micahgoldfus, May 14, 2007
Photo of bigone4
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle I picked up in NJ on a work trip. This brew has a nice clear orange amber coloration. The orange color certainly comes thru when back lit. Large fluffy off white head that dissipated quite quickly. The head left a slight lace in the glass. This beer certainly has a hop profile but it was not really detected in the smell. I thought it smelled rather sweet from malt with hints of alcohol esters. Maybe a slight hop oil scent in the back ground but there was certainly more of a caramel malt tone in the nose. The bitter flavor of the hops certainly comes out in the taste. No really malt flavor in the taste but it does have some caramel tones. Smooth sharp bitterness right away on my pallet with a nice rolling hop flavor throughout the mouth. The taste leaves a bitter tone on the tongue with some citrus flavor mixed in. Overall a very drinkable brew and it is quite enjoyable. Good mouth feel with just enough carbonation. I found this beer to be a decent brew that I would certainly like to try again.

bigone4, May 06, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Gueuzedude, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber

What a pour - hazy, burnt orange, with a thick tan colored head, that's rich and creamy.

Smell those hops, 'good ole hops'. Didn't get any malt aroma from this beer.

Taste is good, I've had better, but this ain't bad stuff. Priced reasonably, which makes it taste better than most of it's 'peer beers'.

Creamy in the mouth up front, then some sweetness of malt, followed up with a real good hoppy bite at the finish.

I want more, 22 oz at 7% abv is usually enough for me, but I still want more!

JoeyBeerBelly, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours ever so slightly cloudy with an orange amber color and an out-of-control 2+ finger head that resists fading. The head is hanging around like the foam on an ice cream float; 3-D lacing observed

This one is oxidized; otherwise, citrus and some malt.

Explosion of effervescence and light-medium hoppy mouth feel. Piney but a little unbalanced. A soapy character with lingering bitterness.

I'm stopping here with this one. It must have been mistreated some where along the line.

jjayjaye, Apr 21, 2007
Route 113 I.P.A. from Sly Fox Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 419 ratings.