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

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

Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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

Added by NeroFiddled on 07-04-2003

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Photo of SummitVA
2.21/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours with ample carbonation. Amber in color and crystal clear.

S - A very strange blend of spicy and earthy British hops along with sweet wort--that's right, not sweet crystal, but sweet wort.

T - Cloying malty sweetness first and foremost. Plenty of IBUs, and some spice from the hop blend, but the sweetness is just too overpowering. A burn from the alcohol in the finish.

M - Thick to say the least. Vibrant carbonation and IBUs likely make this all the more harsh.

D - I'm not going to make it through half.

Overall: I'm not opposed to sweeter East-coast IPAs necessarily, but this beer is a good example of the why I'm always apprehensive about buying an IPA brewed East of the Mississippi. I'll try other Sly Fox beers, but this is a miss for me.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.21/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured out as a nice looking copper orange color with a thin white head on top that settles into a thin film on top. The beer look pretty good. The smell of the beer to me smelled like teaberry or menthol of somekind... really not what I expected from an IPA. The taste was off too, not much of a crisp hoppy flavor by any means... the flavors that it does haven come and go quickly. The mouthfeel of the beer is decent with a good carbonation. Overall this beer, much like most of the Slyfox brews left me underwhelmed. I want to like them but I just can't seem to grasp these beers they make.

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Photo of sbrotschul
2.29/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Knowing how important Pottstown, Pennsylvania is to the world, I hoped better for better. Pottstown has Mrs. Smith Pies, and the Limerick power plant nearby, but is still struggling from the loss of Firestone tires and Bethelem Steel. A hardworking town has yet to fully make a great craft beer.

I had a draft of the Route 113 IPA at Harvest Seasonal Grill ( in Philadelphia, poured into a pint glass. A great restaurant featuring locally grown and often sustainable food, I jumped at the opportunity to be brought "home." Route 113 is like the Schuykill River, crossing through towns and counties like Montgomery and Bucks and Trappe and Souderton. Sly Fox had an opportunity to tempt my palate through my heart, but reminded me more of a bad taste of the oxbow on River Road by the Pottstown Plate Works.

The color looked wonderfull attractive: amber and ruby, with a small white head (which dissapated before being delivered to the table). A small film was left on the glass.

I did not have much smell and had difficulty finding more than grass and light hops. I was hoping for grapefruit and pine.

Very little hops, but lots of malt to the brew. I've been drinking some strong IPAs, and this was very, very light.

Soft mouthfeel, not much character. On the good side, thie beer did not compete with my starters at the restaurant -- beet salad and humus. I was surprised when writing my thoughts down to see that this is a beer full of hops.

I'm hoping that this beer will improve with effort and that Sly Fox will put Pottstown and Phoenixville on the brewing world map. Unfortunately, it is disappointing.

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Photo of MrKennedy
2.31/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz can from Warners at the Bay, into a Brooklyn tulip.

A real ruby-amber colour, some off-white head that laces well and sits as film.

Not a lot going on with the smell, some grain, some dry-grass but that is about it.

Tastes of dried grass with plenty of malt backing it up. Not near enough hopping, or this is not very fresh.

Mouthfeel is full and rounded, but that is because it lacks bitterness. There is plenty of malt to speak of. The 113 IBU is almost undetectable.

Doesn't deliver, a dull, uninteresting PA beer. A shame, as its a state that normally delivers when it comes to beer. This is just disappointing.

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Photo of mcallister
2.39/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

First off this beer is way overcarbonated. Popped the cap and foam began oozing out of the bottle. A soft pour yeilded an overflow onto my silk sheets (actually my counter but I wanted it to sound more appauling).

A cloudy brick rust shade liquid with an enormous fluffy off white head with great lace and retention. Thick bubbly engulfing lace. A little more pour and a pillow of sorts protrudes out the top of my glass but this time holds at bay and narrowly misses spilling to my carpet below.

Some off aromas in the nose. A sour malt syrup extract aroma that is lending toward toffee. To be honest reminds me slightly of the smell of vomit. Not sure if I have a bad bottle or what but with the over carbonation and this off smell things aren't looking on the up and up. Some bitter acrid aroma with hints of tropical fruit.

After tasting the beer does not seem infected but rater just subpar and lacking any complexity. A straight forward burnt caramel malt leads into a hint of floral hop, with disquised citrus hops that are indestinguishable. Hoppy ending isn't overly bitter but is very drying. Mouthfeel is full but somewhat chalky. Obviously drinkability is hurt.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
2.4/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz. brown bottle, no date information.

Foggy orange amber. Glass-filling, loose washed caramel foam. Slowly settles from the bottom up, while the top begins to develop deep dimples, eventually leaving spidery lace. Soft aromas of pine sap mingle with some sharp orange rind and an almost peppery spiciness that is reminiscent of the Saison Vos. Initially sweet with some biscuity malt, the pine rides on top and then down through briefly into the finish. There is a grabby orange rind that adheres as well as a slightly off, wet paper taste. The pepper spice also manages to float in and out, but it is the off taste that becomes overwhelming. Medium body with some light carbonation. This one did not hang well together and tasted as though something went wrong. Not overly enjoyable.


Thanks to ggaughan for the opportunity.

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Photo of Swift989
2.41/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a fabrication.

It has a beautiful color and head retention A+ for appearance.
It barely smells of the hops that are about to blast you in the tongue, actually spells sweet like a brown ale or esb.
Taste is intense, but there is no way there are 113 IBUs in this IPA. That is some BS, probaly around 75 max, or else it would be called a Triple IPA RIGHT!?!?!?! and why would they brew the Odyssey DIPA!? THAT IS WAY HARSHER THAN THIS! Taste is sweet breadyness and bagel up front then moves into drying sensation that becomes grapefruity then grassy then just plain old bittttttterness.
Mouthfeel is nice, then very dry. Definitely has that dry mouthfeel alot of people look for.

Overall I can't take this beer seriously. It looks like a great IPA, and it tastes like an IPA a lot of people want, perhaps drier then desired, but it smells like nothing, and has two overly dominate flavors: sweet upfront, grass on the tail end. Plus negative 1 overall for saying this is 113 IBUs.

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Photo of harrymel
2.46/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Best by: 5/9/11
poured to NB globe.

A: Pours a surprisingly amber/caramel ale with limited head which recedes to sheet of fine white foam. This hugs the sides and reaches upward. Little lacing.

S: Plenty of resinous, earthy hops. Hints of conifer. Plenty of malt in here too. Again, a surprise for this style. Fairly unimpressive.

T: Metallic, resin, pine. Good bittering. Fairly robust malt with plenty of caramel in the background.

M: medium body with spritely carbonation. Very slicking in the mouth.

D: drinkable, but overall, very forgetable.

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Photo of Wer34truh
2.47/5  rDev -32.5%
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.

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Photo of dgthompson
2.52/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this on tap at Croxley Ales House, which is the greatest Ale House around these parts, but this beer was a major dud. I am a huge fan of IPA's, hoppy beers, very hoppy beers... but this beer tasted like I was eating hops. The hop flavor was overwhelming. I see from the other reviews on here, at least from the bottled version, that people do not think it is hoppy enough. Maybe I got a bad batch - it was pretty gross.

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Photo of jameswaldo
2.57/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
2.57/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The overall impression I got from this beer was that it tastes like a Scotch Ale with copious amounts of bittering hops. The malt is overly toffee/caramel sweet. The can states 3 different varieties of hops, but to me the hop flavor was one dimensional; just bitter. Not undrinkable, but not something I would revisit by choice.

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Photo of letsgopens
2.69/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

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Photo of mothman
2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a quarter finger of white head. Color is an amber bronze.

Aroma: Smells like amarillo hops. Floral with some orange citrus notes. Smells like a brewhouse.

Taste: not too hoppy. Again, orange citrus and amarillo hops. Bready and pale malts. a bit floral.

Mouthfeel: a bit bitter and sticky. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall not the best ipa. Too sticky and not hoppy enough. This one wasn't for me.

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Photo of brewandbbq
2.86/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours clear copper, with a quarter-inch soapy head of white. A few sporatic dots of lacework and a partial skim-coat remain after the fall.

Aromatics are either well faded or sub-par to begin with. A light blend of malt and citrus.
A struggle to get much else from out of the goblet.

Medium bodied and crisp. A bit sticky.

A moderate amount of malt starts off the pallet, with plenty of minerally bitterness. Traces of citrus zest and grapefruit follow through.

Finishes with a drying, crisp bitterness and a hint of warming alcohol.

Feh..Either this one was totally un-fresh or a heavier hand with the finishing hops is direly needed.
No bottle date=no way to tell.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
2.89/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Right out of the box and into a tulip. Thank you Robert for this extra.

Amber in color with a very thick fluff that nearly breaches the imaginary border along the to of the tulip. Sticky suds cling and grope to the glass all along the way.

Smell is very faint, mildly herbal and not much else. Disappointing to my sniffer.

Liking bold citric or other fruit driven flavors along with a healthy bitterness, this beer falls short on both fronts. Hops present themselves as mostly minty and the bitterness is dry and chalky rather than robust or abrasive.

Mouthfeel is too watery for a nearly 7% IPA. A continual and abundant army of bubbles race to battle leaving this highly carbonated.

I'm feelin' a one-and-doner here.

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Photo of AudioGilz
2.92/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bomber, no freshness date.

I poured this brew fairly gently, only to be overcome by an enormously exploding foamy head that dominated the 12 ounce glass and spilled about. Definitely tons of head on this one, and a murky/yeasty thick and dark orange with yeast bits floating about, not what I expected at all, nor something I prefer to see in an IPA.

Citrus fruit rind in the aroma, grapefruit maybe but not prevalent. Aroma is a bit subdued for something that has a large amount of hops in the equation.

Initial swigs reveal a rather subdued IPA. Bitterness lets itself known quite bit upon aftertaste, but the desired hop characters that we love so much in IPAs are mellow when not expected to be such.

Mouthfeel however is enjoyable; smooth, intially creamy followed by crisp carbonation and oily hop bitterness coat.

It's not an IPA I would seek out in the bottle. I would like to try this on tap at the brewpub to get a better opinion of this beer overall.

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Photo of csmiley
2.94/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a nice orange / amber color. Head is just a shade off white and tops out at barely under an inch. Bubbles start out large and eventually give way to a nice tightly packed head that turns rocky. This brew shows a good amount of retention and lacing.

S - Uh-oh. Starts out with sweet citrus and cardboard. Nose is pretty weak overall. Comes across as earthy with a little bit of pine toward the end. Alcohol is absent in the aroma.

T - Quite a bitter piney start to this one. Some lighter citrus flavors follow. Tastes like concentrated grapefruit juice. Starts to get metallic toward the end but not in an overall bad way. Alcohol does show at the tail end and has a nice warming tone. Malt is barely noticeable and tastes sugary like hard candy. Some cardboard is present in the flavor but stays well out of the way.

M - Medium bodied with too much carbonation. Finish is very bitter with a slight dryness that just will not let go of the palate. Carbonation actually does hinder the enjoyability of this brew.

D - Drinkability is average. As it warms, it starts to get better. Not enough to save it though. There is a pretty nice bitterness level. The alcohol is hidden well. I can see some potential in here but the potential to be slightly above average just means that Sly Fox missed the mark with this one.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very dark, beautiful color. Kind of a ruby-reddish amber Low carbonation. Nose is sweet and not as hoppy as I expected. Cherries and muted orange zest.

This is 113 IBUs? Maybe this beer is a bit old (I don't see any freshness date or other info) or maybe I'm a bit old. Either way, I didn't get much in the way of a hoppy tongue-lashing like I expected. The mouthfeel is firm and oily, but the flavor is sweet and just kind of dead. Apricots and biscuits, but none of the zesty citrus flavors I was expecting. I'll bet this stuff is good when it's fresh.

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Photo of alcstradamus
2.99/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes

Pours a copper/orange with a finger of persistent head and spots of lacing. Aroma is unfortunately waxy, and any hop presence that should be there is trumped by that waxiness. Lots of sweet caramel and bready malts as well. The flavor is an improvement but mainly in that the waxiness is gone. The bready maltiness dominates a little too much to really qualify this as an india pale ale. Rename it an amber ale and it might be a bit more acceptable (3.5 worthy maybe). Overall this was definitely a manageable beer, but really pretty average.

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Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber almost hazel like color with auburn highlights. Nice clarity and a huge tarnished white head. Noticeable toffee malt on the nose with piney pink grapefruit hops lingering through the room.

Lingering caramel sweetness after the swallow. Head doesn not wanna die down. Earthy and piney hops are big players in this beer. For 113 ibus the beer has good balance and a nice toffee and caramel malt body to back up the hops. Some bite still exists but not as much as expected. Spicy earthy hops are present with a floral bouquet like finish. Medium body. Pretty good and slightly different offering. Complex. Nice blending of the fruity hop bombs and subtle earthy ipa offerings.

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Photo of PADIV
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I stopped into the Sly Fox on my way home. I bought a six pack of the 113 IPA since it is on a promotional sale.

I drank this from the can. Poured some in a glass to see the color.

Amber color with light carbonation. The beer smells hoppy with "outdoor" hints as well.

The taste is hoppy with a bitter after taste. The bitter flavor is a little much for an IPA and is long lasting.

Mouthfeel is average and nothing special just the left over bitterness.

Overall this is not a great beer but it is drinkable. I wish there was a better balance between the hops and the bitterness.

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Photo of loren01
3.02/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy orangish color, 2 finger width frothy white head, good lacing down the glass
S: Metallic smell, earthy, peppery
T: Peppery, earthy hop flavor. A little different, not too citrusy like most IPA's, more spicy/earthy, very interesting. Dry bitter finish.
M: Medium mouthfeel, not too light not too thick.
D: Different from the typical IPA, not the best IPA ever but not bad. Thanks to jasonm for this beer obtained via trade.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.02/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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Photo of AChamberlain
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I had this on-tap at the Gate in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

A: Glimmering orange-red. Off white thin head, weak.

S: STRONG hops, I could pick up the aroma as the bartend set it down.

T: Luckily it was not as sticky as the aroma. Bitter, but not over the top; Some sweetness in the end.

MF: Had the feeling of grabbing my tongue, I guess some stickiness. It was heavy in a good way.

D: Not that drinkable overall. Mouthfeel was the best part, but there are SOOO many more IPAs out there and I don’t see myself returning to this one. Try it once though.

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