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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.

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 ffejherb
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of Kadonny
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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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.

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Photo of treehugger02010
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a clean/clear golden amber color, nice carbonation (really too much), nice two finger plus foamy off-white head, lots of sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, with some hops, very very slight citrus/pines, and some caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, not much hops in this one, with very very slight citrus/pines, with caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew, but a more malty IPA.

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Photo of Donnie2112
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: translucent golden brown, 1/4 inch of white head, nice but not very sticky lacing.

smell: very light, a bit of crackers and maybe some citrus, not at all what I expect from an IPA

taste: a cereal like malt flavor, I would say plenty of it too except that it only seems that way because there isn't as much hop flavor as you'd expect from an India pale ale. Although, it's light the flavor that is there isn't the least bit offensive and on a second taste has a bit of caramel to it and the hops have a bit of citrus to it.

mouthfeel: oily and creamy not a bunch of carbonation but enough to make it crisp. Just a bit astringent on the finish

drinkability: For the ammount of alcohol in this it's a pounder. It's fairly light and not at all offensive. I'm going to say that the overall package creates a better product then the some of it's parts.

I'm ready to quit writing and just enjoy this one.

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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 YesFest
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky amber with an annoyingly massive head that won't seem to go away. Thick and creamy and hard to get beer into my mouth from here. Damnit, seriously, go away head! Oh yeah, I gotta smell it first or something. It's very earthy and dirty in the hop department. Big malt presence also with caramel and a light hint of chocolate, I swear. Taste is first pretty bitter and hoppy, herbal hops and slightly tasting of flowers. Sometimes I don't mind a little balance in my IPA but the malt seems too big following this. Starts sweet with a big hop bitterness in there but I think with a little less malt reinforcement this would shine a bit more. Mouthfeel has a good drawn out bitterness despite the big malt flavor in taste. The malt makes the hop flavors short-lived. Not really balanced in the hop and malt department. A bit out of whack for me but not terrible. Tweak this a little and it might stand close to the best.

Thanks to plaid75 for this in the Secret Bunny!

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Photo of callmemickey
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark copper color... thin white head.. good staying power.. some lacing...

S: Citrus hops... subtle... mostly grapefuit.. some piney hops at the end..

T: The grapefruit kind of falls out and is more piney than the nose would suggest... a tad weak for my tastes..

M: Lighter side of medium body... crisp finish... but lacking some punch in the middle

D: A good entry into IPAs for the non hophead... a hophead like me will find it a little weak for our likings.

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Photo of number1bum
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber pours an amber color with a bit of chill haze and some yeast sediment. Creamy light khaki head builds on top, recedes to a pretty decent chunky lace and leaves some stick.

Smell is not terribly robust for an IPA. Some citrus and pine hop aromas, caramel malt and a bit of toasty aroma.

Taste also doesn't pack the punch I'd expect from an IPA. Good malt base of some toasted malt and caramel sweetness, but the hops don't offer enough flavor. Some orangey citrus flavor and a bit of pine, moderate bitterness. Not bad, but for my taste I'd like more.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, medium bodied, slick and smooth.

Not a bad IPA but nothing special either. Pretty pedestrian for the style, but drinkable too.

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Photo of ROMER79
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a cloudy gold with a three finger white head which laced the glass to the last drop. It had an aroma of hops, citrus, and wheat. The taste was excellent. The hops and citrus flavors were well balanced. It was a nice smooth beer to drink. Very easy on the palate and very easy to drink. Cask was the way to go on this beer. Definitely a session beer for me.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a sixtel of this a few months back ... finally getting to entering my notes:

Deep, but clear copper color. Very nice retention throughout.

Smell was mostly of grapefruit, with a light, nutty pine as well.

Taste was of a light pine - not overpowering like some IPAs - along with fresh, grapefruity hoppiness. Very tasty!

Sharp mouthfeel upfront, but with a well balanced malty character as well. Mouthfeel can be tough for some IPAs, but Sly Fox did it up nicely.

I found this to be very enjoyable, and a really nice example of an IPA that's not too overpowering.

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Photo of bosco7
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler obtained at the brewpub.

Pours a deep copper with an off-white head. Perfect clarity. Gorgeous looking beer.

Apricot, grapefruit rind, lemon, caramel, and some floral notes in the nose.

Big malt presence right off the bat. Caramel, toffee, sugary crystal malt flavors dominate the palate upfront. Grapefruit rind and piney hop flavors take over in the middle. Some candy orange flavors as well. The hop character is very fresh and I am now curious to see how the bottled package compares. Bitterness is high and makes itself known in the finish. The finish isn't as dry as some IPAs but not cloying either.

Big mouthfeel almost DIPA in feel. Oily and slick as well. Very nice.

One of the better East Coast IPAs I have tried for sure. Malty without taking anything away from the hops. Recommended.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 Oz bottle copped from Nutley Wine Shop in Nutley, NJ... great amber and copper appearnce with an impressive foamy and frothy head... smell was loaded with ultra-fresh hops, caramel, and slight vanilla... taste strongly paid homage to the flavor with a burst of strong, fresh hops, honey, bittersweet florals and vanilla... a very classic, IPA taste... true-to-the-style, classic, and original... Sly Fox hit the money on this one... a real, flavorful American IPA... one of the better ones out there.... a must-try for all hop heads... loaded with flavor, character, and style... the best Sly Fox brew I've tasted thus far... definitely worth the $4.99 I paid for the bottle... both the smell and the taste were top-notch.... an awesome depiction of the style... If you like IPA's, this one is certainly recommended...

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy, medium dark orange with a massive off white head that melts very slowly to very thick lacing.

Aroma is woody and a sweet orange citrus. There is also a little bit of a stale odor to it.

Flavors are sweet orange citrus peel with a bit of a woody back to them. Very interesting for an IPA.

Mouthfeel is full of tiny carbonation and smooth from the sweetness.
Aftertaste is all citrus peel.

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Photo of djeffbee
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
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...

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of caminiti
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle.

Cloudy dark orange, like cider. Large, proud head. Like a beautifully dark orange IPA, lit from within. Remarkable look.

The smell is a slightly hoppy aroma with a spicy fruit (orange?) scent. Quite unique with even a woody accent.

The taste is a very bitter hop flavor with a slight -- not overpowering -- oaky taste. The sweet fruity accents (apple? orange?) are a good compliment. Very spicy (as in a spicy orange) accent.

Has a creamy, bubbly feel. Feels like a saison/farmhouse ale. A little too fizzy for my liking. Not a smooth IPA. Overall it's a bit harsh in both taste and feel. Jagged, not smooth. This beer seems to be less than meets the eye.

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Photo of sid6581
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of Stimack
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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