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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 macster
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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

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Photo of Slatetank
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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

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Photo of Franchise
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this offering in NY, poured a dark amber with a clear body and a golden raisin color at the bottom of the glass. The pour left a frothy white head. The nose is tart, sour fruit, lemon, lime, citrus rind, airy stale hops, with a back drop of caramel not to great of a nose. The taste is nice, a real hot hoppy feel of citrus, lemon rind, finishing with a pale honey malty feel for balance. Overall this is a good IPA aside from the nose.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Reddish amber color, nice off white thick head

S - Served very cold, light citric and off soap aroma.

T - Modestly sweet malts balanced by a citric hops with a harsh bite.

M- medium bodied, crisp and nicely carbonated

D - One was enough. Maybe warm it would have shown better.

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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 Derek
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper-bronze; pours an insane amount of off-white head; great retention & lace.

S: Grapefruit, grassy & piney hops, toffee, cotton candy fruity esters.

T: Grapefruit, piney & grassy hops, plenty of dark toffee, hints of dark fruit; good bitterness; alcohol extremely well-hidden.

M: Moderate body is well-attenuated, acidic, dry finish.

D: Really drinkable for its strength... a bomber catches up to you in no time!

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Photo of boelker62
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
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.


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Photo of sleazo
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium rich brown with a decent head that fades into a soapy slick. Nice lacing A-faint brown bread with a mild hop aroma

T- the aroma doesn't quite get you ready for the potentness of the hops. This is indeed a hop bomb. I don't know which hop variety. This is a little one sided I could go with a little more malt.

M-medium bodied. Maybe a little on the light side. Decent carbonation

D-definite hop bomb but not much more. A decent but not great IPA

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Photo of rayjay
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to nflmvp for this 22 oz bottle. A word of caution: this beer really foamed up on me when I poured it out. The beer is a hazy deep amber, with a tan colored head alot.

Rich malty notes of butterscotch and lots of carmel malts, with notes of nutty toffee. High alpha hops, with a big cirtusy hop aroma. Slightly oxidized flavors are present. Most of the hops reside in the nose and in the bitter fallout. This is one of those British-influenced IPA's with a sticky malty body. The body isn't overly carbonated like I thought it would be, although it certainly benefits from the slightly higher than usual CO2 level. As it settles, it almost resembles a cask ale.

I like it, but I'm not crazy about it, and I'm sure you'll agree that there are better IPAs out there. Its got a fun fruitcake-like flavor, but it doesn't have the right kind of hop aroma and too much malt for me. Cheers!

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Photo of jackorain
3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
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

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Photo of micahgoldfus
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
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!

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Photo of bigone4
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
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!

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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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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Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orangish copper with nice clarity and a thin white head. The head descends to a well-retained thin cover. Some broken rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is herbal and citric with some sweetness.

The taste is of herbal hops upfront, with some citric notes. Vanilla, caramelish sweetness follows. Lemon zest mixes. Well-balanced for the style. A tea-like leafiness gives it a dry finish.

The body is medium and creamy.

Fairly sweet for the style. A nice IPA, not as citric as many other American IPA's, something different about it.

Drinkable and smooth. A nice "change-up" IPA.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- About 1/2-1" thick dense off white head on a crystal clear amber body with orange hues.
S- Big pine and grapefruit rind hops. Light caramel malt back ground found in the back but it is there. Hint of some orange also.
T- A blend of citrus and some pine hops. I think the grapefruit rind comes through the strongest though. Decent size malt body. Leaves a dry bitterness along with some pine and grapefruit rind flavors in the aftertaste.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation.
D- It is pretty good just not one of the best ones I have had. It doesn't have anything to stand out and it will probably blend in with the rest of the IPAs I have tried in a few months.

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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 Jacobob10
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ The Shepherd and Knucklehead in Haledon, NJ.

Pours a deep orange color with a small head. Lots of hops in the aroma, citrusy with a touch of sweetness. The flavor is unbalanced and the hops were not as pleasant tasting as they could have been. Medium bodied with a strong bite to it, but not much complexity. Mouthfeel was fine and it was drinkable but I didn't want another one when I was done. A pretty average IPA in my opinion when compared to others.

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Photo of DGryger
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Freshness date of 4/6/07 (on case, but not bottle)

Appearance: Murky sun tea color, rusty orange brown. Very cloudy with noticeable sediment. Enormous ivory head that clings to the glass and laces their entire way down. This head has load bearing capacity, that is how significant it is. I think that it has the most impressive head I’ve ever seen on a beer. Deserves a 5 on the appearance for the head alone.

Smell: Hops! Epecially grapefruit notes and some other citrus varieties, but mostly grapefruit. Toasted sourdough bread notes in the aroma as well.

Taste: Again, hops. The aroma and taste are very similar, with the grapefruit, pine resin, and pepper hop notes dominating and malts providing the biscuity toasted notes. Although not very balanced in my opinion, it wasn’t supposed to be and Sly Fox clearly makes it known on the label.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and sharp in front with a good amount of carbonation. Finishes dry with a bit of a kick to it. Oily body, not too thick and not too thin.

Drinkability: Dangerously drinkable in my opinion. I could easily drink way too many of these. This is one of my current favorite beers. If the ABV was lower, I would rank it higher.

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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 sulldaddy
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is being sampled from a 22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temp. A fluffy orange white head of 5-6 cms foams up immensely even with an easy pour. The head fades slowly leaving a pockmarked and craterd surface of foam. Leaves windowpane lattice on the glass as it settles.
Brew color is a mostly clear chestnut color.
Aroma is mostly hops with a good mix of earthy and grassy notes intertwined with pungent rindy grapefruit.
First sip reveals an average body with very soft minimal carbonation, some resiny sticky texture to the beer that coats my lips after each sip.
The beer itself is easy to drink, with no hint of alcohol and a fairly soft profile and lite body. the flavor is a bit of caramel sweet malt and then rolls to a bit of an empty middle but finishes with astringent, bitey, rindy grapefruit hops that linger on the sides of my tongue and cheeks. Very drying on the finish as well.
The nose doesnt lead you to believe this is an uber hoppy beer and it really isnt, but the finish wont let you forget you're drinkin and IPA anytime soon. Easy to drink but bitter. Slightly tougher to drink due the excessive foaming even with gradual, gentle pouring but it is a pretty good beer.

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