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

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Ratings: 504
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 18
Gots: 62 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of SickGnar
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of ShanePB
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of stellashay
3.09/5  rDev -16%
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.

Photo of garuda
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of jameswaldo
2.57/5  rDev -30.2%
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.

Photo of mindlucent2007
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a strong-looking copper with a half-inch off-white head complete with good lacing. Smells earthy, hoppy, and a tad bit sweet. This is a hardcore hopped IPA which is highly bitter due to a nice hop combination; the 113 IBUs very noticable here. Initial bite smooths out to reveal a well-developed and husky brew. Aftertaste is again bitter. I'm not sure how far I would go down Route 113, but overall it's a good IPA.

Photo of Homebrew35
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a egg shell colored one and half finger head. Clear reddish body. Very nice lacing and a nice cap remains, big ring of lacing as well. Smells quite floral, some alcohol but not in a bad way, touch of carmel malts, some bready yeast. Tastes, neutral bready malts, touch of sweet crystal malts, earthy hops, a big piney resinous hoppy bitter finish. Medium dry, medium full bodied quite nice, low carbing. $2.19 a single not bad for a %7 IPA.

Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can says on bottom to enjoy by 03/14/11

A rather delicious and beautiful-looking dark amber-brown-copper,with foamy,bubbly white/light-tan head, with bubbles on top. Good retention,decent lacing.

Medium aromas, of grassiness, some malt. Faint traces of earthy hops. Could it be because it's past the enjoy by-date?? Either way, it's a decent but rather one-dimensional nose.

Nice chewy caramel malts, sweetness, medium carbonation and body, some good intense bitter hops in the background.Nice solid hop bite afterwards. Pretty intense bite, at 113 IBUS according to the can. Sweet!!! A lot better than expected,considering it's canned and past it's recommended consume-by-date. I should re-evaluate my prejudice against cans.

Would def.have again,esp. if fresher. Either way, a nice IPA,while quite not top-notch, is certainly better than some others I've been mega-disappointed with,and certainly stands with some of the well-known ones. And gotta love the 113 IBU, so kick-ass!!

Photo of MP72
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- reddish with a white rocky head

S- Hops citrus and caramel

T- citrus and pine with a strong malt backbone ,,very hearty brew

M- medium carbonation and body ,,,a little slick for my taste but still a good IPA

O- Very good IPA from Slyfox I would certainly drink this beer again. I also enjoyed that it came in a can.

Photo of 9InchNails
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really pretty beer. Off white head that erupted on the pour from the can into a pint glass. I have never seen so many microscopic bubbles before, some are going up, some are going down. Weird. Copper color body, cloudy - haziness from the bubbles. Definitely un-filtered.

Strong smell of sweet caramel malt, pine and citrus. It even tickles the nose a little bit. Very nice aroma.

Nice sweetness upfront, then a tangy pine bitterness mixing with a metalic hoppiness at the end. The sweetness still lingers mixing with the bitterness. Not bad.

Approaching medium body, not quite there but a little heavier than the average beer. Light to medium carbonation. No complaints on the body feel at all.

I would love to try this on tap. This is a quite bitter sweet beer in a good way. IBU's are up there with a 113, just like the name suggests but isn't over-the-top since the maltiness balances it out. Definitely a IPA worth checking out.

Photo of muletrane
3.24/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can (best by 7/3/11) into a pint glass.

This beers pours a real nice amber colour. 2 fingers of thick off white head which eventually dissapates but never disappears completely. Minmal lacing. A real nice looking beer.

Very light in the nose. A little bit of floral hops but that's about it. Not too impressed.

Taste was much better than the nose! Very brief sweetness up front and than the hops come in hard. Lots of hop bitterness from here on out. Some grapefruit in the finish as well. Slightly dry.

Moderate body and carbonation. Some stickiness on the lips.

Overall this is a nice IPA. Just a little one dimensional. But for 8.99 a six pack, I'll visit this one again. Perfect for concerts and camping :)

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, some malts. Taste is dominated by hops, considerable bitternesss, some slight notes of citrus. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good brew.

Photo of afksports
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sly Fox's offering in the IPA category is a solid one. I had this on tap at Coaxley's in Long Island last night with a crew of folks who's names I forget now. Sorry, friends!

...time lapse...

My girlfriend reminds me her friends name. But this beer is not much more memorable. Solidly built and pouring with a nice head, the appearance of Sly Fox's 113 is distinct in color. It's amber trending much more towards red than other IPA's I've had. It's a pleasant look, and inviting to drink. 113 smells like an IPA, but has a notably subdued hop aroma and only a bit of hops come through. The taste is about the same, with a lovely hops bite in the front, followed by a bit too much water and maybe not enough malts.

It's solid enough with a medium-body and good carbonation, but the drinkability is less than perfect and has a weird aftertaste.

Ultimately, when better options aren't there, I'll be happy to order a 113. If they are, I may take another route.

Photo of Sam21
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
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
2.69/5  rDev -26.9%
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
4.01/5  rDev +9%
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
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
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
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
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
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
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
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
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!

Route 113 I.P.A. from Sly Fox Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.