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

Route 113 I.P.A.Route 113 I.P.A.
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IPA - American
Ranked #6,735
Ranked #42,767
3.65 | pDev: 13.15%
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Route 113 I.P.A.Route 113 I.P.A.
Notes: 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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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

See through amber look with a big off white head. Caramel malt forward nose with not much sweetness and an almost vegetal back. Malty flavor with a big bready ending, some pine in there. Decently carbonated, I might be getting something metallic from the can. Meh No offense but Sly Fox is very middle of the road.

Mar 28, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly clear dark golden amber pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head... great lacing.

S: Caramely sweet malts... resinous hops. Pine and citrus rind.

T/F: Follows the nose. Biscuity sweet malts and toasted grains. Quickly turns bitter... pine and citrus... a bit herbal. Balanced... the finish is evergreen and caramel malts.

O: An okay IPA. Big bitterness... no bad flavors... but nothing all that exciting either. The relatively high ABV hurts the drinkability. Don't love it, don't hate it... would drink it again.

Jun 09, 2018
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12ox can into a pint glass. best by 1/19/17. kudos to Sly Fox for clear freshness dating. D'oh to me for not knowing what year it is now. a year past due. oh well.

looks good. faintly hazy amber body. good off white creamy head leaving gobs of lacing. steady carbonation.

sweet malty aroma.

as expected, due to the age, it is a malt bomb. but it's a pleasant enough drink, no nasty aftertaste, smooth and slammable.

mouth borders on full, finish is malty and slightly grainy.

Overall, not a disastrous purchase, and quite drinkable. will re-review if I come across a fresh one.

Feb 10, 2018
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dueserdo from Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My standby. When I run out of the good stuff, this is my reserve. A great deal. The price is very good compared to the better known brews. Just bought another case yesterday. This is one that taste better each time I open another one.

Dec 23, 2017
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CNoj012 from New York

3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy amber orange color with a huge, frothy, eggshell white head. Retention is decent and there is tons of sticky hanging lacing.

Smell is dank pine, metallic alcohol, caramel and bready malts as well as stale beer.

Taste is the same, but that stale smell does not carry over to the taste. It is well balanced, but the flavor is nothing noteworthy.

Feel is light, oily and resinous. Solid carbonation.

Overall a decent beer, but certainly not something I would buy again with all of the stellar IPA options out there.

Oct 06, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber color with beige head. Aroma is mostly malty with caramel notes and toasted malt. Also some sweet orange peel and earthy hops. Taste starts with caramel malt, burnt sugar, finish has a bittersweet orange flavor with a slight resiny aftertaste. Light to medium body with medium carbonation. It's not bad at all but it's too malty for my taste.

Aug 17, 2016
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Wer34truh from Minnesota

2.47/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy amber color with a small off-white head.

Smells of piney hops with some semi-sweet citrus.

Taste is similar, yet more intense than the smell. There is a quite unpleasant sourness in addition to the piney hopiness. Which is quite a shame since I think this beer has near a perfect carbonation and body for the style. I'll avoid this going forward, but I see how someone with a very different palate than me enjoying this.

Jul 18, 2016
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Stevem68 from Ohio

3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear amber color. Has a rye malty aroma. Flavor is strong rye and malts with a touch of bitterness and a light hoppy aftertaste. Overall a solid offering but could be better.

Oct 22, 2015
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BlurryVisi0n from New York

3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flute on tap here at Croxley's Ale House.

Appearance: Semi-cloudy Amber. Light bubbles with a white head rising to maybe one finger's length.

Smell: Bland hops, have a heavy citrus tone to it but scent dissipates quick even after inhaling.

Taste: Little sour and heavy hops. Lightly bitter. Brew is nice little compliment to almost any dish.

Mouth: Medium to heavy bubbles. Carbonation is a nice touch but then again it is from the tap.

Overall: Not a bad brew and fairly inexpensive, might be better options out there but it's all a matter of what you're craving. Salud!

Sep 20, 2015
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Tonyjenlasc from New Jersey

3.02/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look - Opaque in appearance. Dark honey color. Off white head.
Smell - Floral, spice, earthy, caramel malts, some toasted notes
Taste - Follows the nose with a pop of bitterness on the back end that lingers a bit.

Overall - A floral IPA. Not for me.

Sep 06, 2015
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8/27....pours dark cloudy amber, flecks of light at the bottom and a foamy lid that sticks. Resin pine smell. Floral. Rich toffee bready noted taste with a packed hop bitter that punches through. Staying power for the bitter. Real good.

Aug 29, 2015
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Draft at John Wright in Wrightsville, PA.
Interesting that's it's labeled an IPA. It's got a malt sweetness followed by a modest hop bite, followed by a rather odd aftertaste that's anything but IPA. Too much maltiness, too much sweetness. It's not bad, but it's not an IPA. All things considered, I'd call it an ESB. And there are better ESB's out there.
This is worth a try, but I wouldn't buy a case of it.

Jul 10, 2015
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can

Pours a clear amber orange, yellowish head is a quarter inch thick and pillowy. Retains well.

Smells of maple and honey over biscuit with some light floral and piney hops.

Tastes of biscuit and graham cracker malt, bit of honey, and a floral hoppiness. Grapefruit citrus finish.

Medium body with a soft carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Above average IPA that falls a bit short of being fantastic but is very satisfying and enjoyable. Easy to drink with a nice head retention, aroma, and body. Taste is appropriately pronounced but could stand to have a bit more nuance and hop flavor. Overall, definitely worth a try and a decent IPA to have over most common stuff.

Jun 29, 2015
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sly Fox & its 113 IPA are under-rated by BA. It's a great beer. Re-tasted 6-11-16.

A: This is one of the best looking beers/ IPAs made in america when poured tonight into a tulip in crested with a merengue two tone head (ecru and pure white) with dense lasting pinpoint bubbles, leaving scads of lace all the way down. Over a darker than usual slightly hazed, dark amber body.

S: Too faint, but promising a balanced pale ale of sweet caramel malt and perfumy fruit, herbal grassy hops. Better as it warms to cask.

T: Delivers on the aroma but powerfully. More sweet, caramel, rich malt and fresh baked bread crust - which when so nicely balanced by a pungent hop end-game makes for a nice complex, malty beer. PUNGENT tickling finish with lots of hops that dry.

F: A great see-saw that finishes with mid weight, creaminess. Good body, balance, finish.

In the tradition (of my favorite every day beer) Dales Pale - this is a great can of beer. Tasted again, I compare it favorably to Dales Pale Ale.

Jan 25, 2015
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porter_collie from Minnesota

3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into a Sam Adams glass

A - Pours a crystal clear golden color with a thick ivory head. Decent lacing coats the sides of the glass while lively streams of bubbles cascade upward.

S - Pine and grapefruit rind scents are the primary olfactory experiences here, but still aren't that perceptible. Some bready notes sneak in, too. A fairly unimpressive nose for an IPA.

T - Earthy and piney hop flavors dominate - with hints of aspirin, grapefruit, and, believe it or not, leather. A fairly bitter taste is balanced by a toffee and bread sweetness from what tastes like European malts. The finish is all earthy and medicinal.

M - Fairly sticky with a overzealous carbonation.

O - To me, this beer seems like someone blended the piney hops of SN Celebration with the earthiness of English ESB, and threw in some Oktoberfest for good measure. The flavors, while not particularly offensive, seem out of sync. Worth a can, but not a case.

Nov 13, 2014
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PA-hunter from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz can into glass. 7% abv

Appearance- Clear in clarity and medium-med dark amber in color. Lively carbonation with a white head that fades fast.

Smell- Grapefruit with an extra bit of mango like citrus aroma. Pine in there as well.

Taste- Good hit of citrus up front. The pine is stronger in the taste. Some toasted biscuit flavor in there as well. Mild bitter finish that lasts.

Mouthfeel- Medium, but definately on the thinner side as far an IPA goes.

Overall- A good standard and easy to drink IPA. Not mind blowing but a nice example nonetheless.

Oct 24, 2014
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cratez from Canada (ON)

3.45/5  rDev -5.5%

Sly Fox Route 113 IPA - 7% ABV - Consumed 10/08/14 - Purchased at The Foodery Northern Liberties in Philadelphia, PA.

A: Pours a clear reddish-amber with one finger of cream white foam, generous speckled lacing on the IPA glass, and some bubbles in the body. A very nice appearance.

S: Apple, yeasty breadiness, grassy, floral and slightly perfumey hops, caramel, pepper, and some orangey-peachy notes (not as strong as you'd expect). Closer to an EPA than a US IPA, but still enticing.

T: Grassy-floral hops, toasty malt, apple skin, caramel, peach, spicy and peppery hop bitterness lingers in a long, drying finish. Straightforward taste, and much like the nose the flavour resembles an EPA.

M: Medium-bodied, oily, crisp carbonation, spicy and peppery hop bitterness coincides with a lengthy drying finish. As the beer warms the bitterness becomes more noticeable and borders on aspirin-like.

O: A decent quaff that ultimately misses the mark as a 7% American IPA. Granted, freshness may be a factor as the best before/bottled on date is blurred on the can. Okay overall, but I probably wouldn't revisit this one.

Oct 10, 2014
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

(best by 03/10/14... I know... poured into a tulip pint

L: cloudy orange-amber liquid... perhaps some micro specks of hop sediment... cottony pad of dense, whipped-like, dullish-white foam...

S: fluctuating aromas of baked orange peel, ginger snap, sugary citrus hard candy (a la Runts), and a good bit of exotic, floral spice from the Orient... really, it's all citrus peels and scented candle

T: at this point, it has a lot of aged citrus character - quite perfumy - backed with a firm, bulky foundation of darker pale and toasted malt... what bitterness remains takes awhile to emerge and, once locked in, takes on a rather mellow bitter grapefruit peel tone, flower stem, and perhaps a nip of fresh ground green peppercorn... though aging gracefully, you can certainly sense that this carried a bit more (hop) electricity fresh

F: rather thick and chewy for an IPA... comes across now more as a hoppy Red Ale, but dry enough not to show the least bit of viscosity... probably not too dissimilar fresh, though I would imagine this, even in its nascent state, could never be considered light, clean, or crisp

O: Sly Fox has a tendency to have a static, almost candy-like approach to their high-hopped ales - this isn't too far off from their Phoenix Pale or Pikeland Pils (it works best in the pale ale)... the focus here, as in those other beers, seems to be to stuff a hoppy toy chest in your mug, glued to the sides of your mouth with malt paste... I would venture to say its a character that has stuck out, being rather identifiable in my experience... hops and bops

Oct 07, 2014
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EmperorBevis from England

4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Pours a golden body with decent enough white head
Big citra aroma
Nice citrus and pineapple cubes flavour
Decent body

Aug 13, 2014
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark copper color. The head is about a finger high with a heavy cream shade. The texture is a bit rough-looking, even for the style. Retention is okay at best. Webs of lacing are left all the way down the glass.

S: The aroma here is pure old-school IPA - which means lots of crystal malt and lots of floral, herbaceous hops. It's malty, sure (and the kind of malts I don't like in IPAs), but I'll still give credit for how well the hops come through. I'd enjoy more citrus or tropical notes, but whatever. It's decent for what it is...keep in mind that I significantly prefer more modern IPAs.

T: Flavor-wise, it's what I kind of expected. The malts are very prevalent to start - loads of toffee and caramel.There are even a welcome kiss of esters floating around. It's hop profile is mainly floral, piny bitterness lacking in hop flavor. Ironically, the huge amount of crystal malt does actually balance the (rather significant) bitterness - still, I can buy this having 113 IBUs. I still think it's too reliant on malt sweetness to give it flavor instead of the hops, but it's alright. Regardless, there's WAY TOO MUCH crystal malt here!

M: Starts off crisp, dry finishing, and easy to drink...then the maltiness takes over. Then the malts dominate. It doesn't *taste* sweet, but wow does it feel sweet. Drinkability is moderate for the style. Carbonation is on the low side - dare I say it feels a bit lifeless?

O: Another day, another IPA. This one is pretty plainly midpack - there are some nice qualities, but nothing here helps it stand out among the superior examples. If you like bitterness, this is a rock-solid choice. If you like crystal malts, you'll love it. Me? I'll stick with IPAs more to my personal tastes.

3.2/5: Too old-school to be great in my mind

Jul 24, 2014
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InsolublePancake from Georgia

3.07/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A- Pours a nice, coppery ambery type color with about a half inch of head, leaving behind a good deal of lacing along the sides of the glass.

S- Doesn't give off as much of an aroma as one might expect. Thin caramel malt and pine are the dominant smells. There's also a bit of a metallic edge. From the can, perhaps? No, can't be, can technology has been perfected by now. Get out of my head, preconceived notions!

T- Just a hint of malt sweetness before the bracing hops take over. 113 IBU? That seems... excessive. Hop character is piney and the bitterness, while strong, is not unpleasant. The malt makes an unexpected return on the finish, this time with a toasty character. Actually, most of the flavor in this beer comes from the malt, which is kind of the opposite of what I was expecting from a beer that has its outrageous IBU count in its name. Perhaps it's old? No, the best by date on the bottom says September '14. Plus, I'm pretty sure these cans can preserve beer for literal eons. I have a few that I plan on willing to my grandchildren. So that can't be it. The flavor's not bad, but I was hoping for more hop character.

M- Rather smooth, almost creamy. Carbonation gives it a little bite, but not too much.

O- It's not bad, but I can't say I love it. When a beer boasts 100+ IBU levels, I expect a good amount of hop flavor. This one just doesn't deliver in that respect. I'd like a little more than just toasty malt and bitterness, which is pretty much what this beer is. It's probably not one I'll be buying in the future.

Jun 06, 2014
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reebtaerG from Maryland

3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured can with date 8/7/14 into New Belgium globe

A-Pours deep amber with small off white head. Good lacing.

S-Aroma is fruity, tropical, citrus, resinous, grapefruit.

T-Taste is light sweet, medium to heavy bitter, grapefruit, resins.

M-Mouthfeel leaves a bitter finish, medium carbonation.

O-Overall I think they could do better, an average IPA

May 22, 2014
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Clydesdale from District of Columbia

3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy orange-amber color. The orange-tinted head is initially quite tall, with a dense, frothy texture. Retention is good, and sticky lacing is left all over the top of the glass as the head recedes.

S: Some maltiness in the nose, with moderate caramel notes. Maybe even a little brown sugar. Some herbal and citric hop aromas, with some lightly piney undertones. Not particularly vibrantly hoppy in the nose, which is a little odd considering the 133 IBUs. Bittering hops don't contribute much to aroma, but they must have used a fair amount, right? Some fruity esters linger.

T: Fairly malty up front, with caramel prominent and lesser notes of bread crust and brown sugar. Very aggressive hop bitterness arrives early and stays late. Hop flavors are piney, herbal, and citric, with particularly pithy grapefruit/pomelo character. This is not an especially clean fermentation; there is some yeasty character, primarily by way of fruity esters.

M: Fairly creamy up front. Carbonation is on the light side of average. Bracing hop bitterness adds considerable and lasting dryness to the middle and finish of this beer.

O: This is a big, hoppy, jagged IPA from Sly Fox. It's not a bad beer, but it's full-frontal and a little less graceful and pleasant than some of my favorites.

Mar 28, 2014
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IPhantom from Maryland

4.26/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber orange with a huge, fluffy pure white head, leaving a solid ring of lace. Nose is sweet citrus and bready malt, with maybe just a hint of pineyness. Taste is big on hops up front, very assertive without being too bitter, with a nicely balanced sweetness. Mouthfeel follows suit--crisp and bitter enough without being too sticky. A very solid IPA that has a lot of the flavor of an Imperial without the headache (or limited availability). Try it out if you feel like you're burnt out on too much hoppiness or can't find what you were originally looking for--it's hard to imagine you'll be too disappointed.

Mar 03, 2014
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FLima from Brazil

4.16/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Copper color with a one finger thick head that reduces to a constant plate and leaves a wall of laces.
Aroma of caramel malt, bread, faint herbal citrus and earthy hops. Although, it is not heavily dry-hopped, it is quite pleasant.
Very original flavor for an IPA with an initial bitter punch, triggering a couple of sneezes (my internal thermometer for hopness). Notes of caramels, citrus, herbal and earthy hops, pine, tea bag, grass, pineapple, and American spice yeast.
Medium body with low carbonation. Alcohol of 7% abv is definitely not felt.
This beer is a hop sampler, quite opposite to a single hop. Hard to interpret its multiple personalities, that sometimes even fells assertive. Recommendable. In my opinion it is underated.

Feb 27, 2014
Route 113 I.P.A. from Sly Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 850 ratings